High-Prevalence Borrelia miyamotoi Infection Among Wild Turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) in Tennessee

  title={High-Prevalence Borrelia miyamotoi Infection Among Wild Turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) in Tennessee},
  author={M Cathy Scott and Michelle E Rosen and Sarah A Hamer and E. Baker and Huw Edwards and Chris Crowder and Jean Tsao},
During spring and fall 2009, 60 wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) harvested by Tennessee hunters were surveyed for Borrelia spp. by sampling their blood, tissue, and attached ticks. In both seasons, 70% of turkeys were infested with juvenile Amblyomma americanum; one spring turkey hosted an adult female Ixodes brunneus. Polymerase chain reaction assays followed by DNA sequencing indicated that 58% of the turkeys were positive for the spirochete Borrelia miyamotoi, with tissue testing positive… CONTINUE READING


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